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Articles of Interest

13 EpisodesProduced by Avery Trufelman and 99% InvisibleWebsite

Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear. It's a twelve-part series from 99% Invisible, looking at clothing. Produced and Hosted by Avery Trufelman

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Wedding Dresses: Articles of Interest #12

June 22nd, 2020

28:51

A wedding was once seen as a start of young adulthood. Now, a wedding has come to represent a crowning achievement -- a symbol that your whole life …

Diamonds: Articles of Interest #11

June 22nd, 2020

31:16

Diamonds represent value, in all its multiple meanings: values, as in ethics, and value as in actual price. But what are these rocks actually worth? …

Suits: Articles of Interest #10

June 22nd, 2020

32:25

Menswear can seem boring. If you look at any award show, most of the men are dressed in black pants and black jackets. This uniform design can be …

Perfume: Articles of Interest #9

June 22nd, 2020

29:44

The world of high end perfume is surprisingly lucrative, considering that scent is often the most ignored of our senses. But one can't judge a scent …

Knockoffs: Articles of Interest #8

June 22nd, 2020

31:00

Brands hold immense sway over both consumers and the American legal system. Few know this as well as Dapper Dan, who went from street hustler to …

A Fantasy of Fashion: Articles of Interest #7

June 22nd, 2020

39:52

In the wake of World War II, the government of France commissioned its most prominent designers to create a collection of miniature fashion dolls. It …

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March 18th, 2019

2:36

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Punk Style: Articles of Interest #6

December 6th, 2018

30:48

There is this myth that it’s frivolous or unproductive to care about how you look. Clothing and fashion get trivialized a lot. But think about who …

Blue Jeans: Articles of Interest #5

December 6th, 2018

26:05

For the most part, we tend to keep our clothes relatively clean and avoid spills and rips and tears. But denim is so hard-wearing and hard-working that it just kind of amasses more and more signs of wear. So you can …

Hawaiian Shirts: Articles of Interest #4

December 6th, 2018

23:18

There are a few ways to tell if you’re looking at an authentic, high-quality aloha shirt. If the pockets match the pattern, that’s a good sign, but it’s not everything. Much of understanding an aloha shirt is about …

Pockets: Articles of Interest #3

December 6th, 2018

21:13

Womenswear is littered with fake pockets that don’t open, or shallow pockets that can hardly hold more than a paperclip. If women’s clothes have …

Plaid: Articles of Interest #2

December 6th, 2018

18:55

Lumberjacks wore plaid. Punks wore plaid mini skirts. The Beach Boys used to be called the Pendletones, and they wore plaid with their surfboards. Lots of different groups have adopted the pattern over the course of the …

Kids' Clothes: Articles of Interest #1

December 6th, 2018

23:43

Clothes are records of the bodies we’ve lived in. Think of the old sweater that you used to have that’s just not your style anymore, or the jeans …

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